— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 15, 2014
Comic books fans who turned into “The View” Tuesday (July 15) were met with the special announcement of a brand new Marvel superhero named Thor. That might cause a bit of confusion for those of you who currently read “Thor” or have seen the Chris Hemsworth movies.
Marvel is replacing the classic male Thor with a female, who will also take on the name when she wields Mjolnir, the mighty hammer. “She was saved by Thor and she came down to Earth and followed him and made herself look like Thor,” “View” host Jenny McCarthy explains. “Now she’s taking over.”
Marvel editor Will Moss elaborates in a press release: “The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription. The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute — she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”
Jason Aaron, writer of the new “Thor” comic due in October, wants the world to understand “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”
For now the change will only apply to the comics, though it’s unclear how widespread it will be. Who’s to say the female version of Thor won’t appear somewhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? At a certain point, Hemsworth is going to be ready to hang up his cape. Marvel has said before that they would be able to swap out actors down the line, like the James Bond franchise. Why not also switch up the gender?